Man, 50, is sentenced for non-recent sexual offences
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A 50-year-old man has been sentenced to ten years and eight months in prison after a brave woman came forward in 2019 to report non-recent sexual offences that happened to her when she was a young girl.
Aidan Nicholas Platton, 50, of Cromer, Norfolk, pleaded guilty at Northampton Crown Court on Tuesday, August 4, to one count of rape, one count of indecency with a child and five counts of indecent assault.
The offences took place in the years 2000-2002 and started when the girl was six-years-old.
Nineteen years after the first offence, the woman, now in her 20s, came forward to report the incidents to police in March 2019 and an investigation was launched.
Her main reason for doing so was because, in her own words, she “wanted to prevent this from happening to another child”.
Today (Thursday, October 8), Platton was sentenced to a total of ten years and eight months in prison for the offences. He will be on the Sex Offenders’ Register for life.
Lead Investigator, DC Rachael Harris, said: “I am pleased that this case has concluded with a positive result and I hope it demonstrates the seriousness with which Northamptonshire Police treats reports of non-recent sexual offences.
“The bravery that this young woman has shown in coming forward to report what happened to her as a little girl cannot be put into words.
“She is an exceptionally inspirational person and I hope that the conclusion of this case can allow her to now begin to rebuild her life.
“Though no one can ever take away what happened to her as a little girl, her courage has ensured that Aidan Platton, a man who perhaps thought he had escaped justice, is now safely behind bars for a very long time.”
Northamptonshire Police takes reports of sexual assault very seriously and will always treat reports of this nature with the confidentiality and sensitivity they deserve.
We will believe you.
If you have been a victim of sexual assault, whether recent or non-recent, please come forward and call us on 101 or use our online reporting tool at www.northants.pnn.police.uk.